After nine rounds of play in the 20-team Spanish League, unbeaten
Barcelona tops the league with 25 points.
The former league Champions are ahead of close challengers Atletico Madrid, also unbeaten, on goal difference.
Most importantly the team is well ahead of fourth placed Real Madrid by eight points.
To the end
But for Real Madrid defender that only works as a motivator to catch up
-We are motivated by the
challenge to catch up with Barcelona, he told Marca.
-We're going to fight for the league title right to the end and we expect to be in with a shout.
Action this weekend
-Right now there are two teams on top of their game, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but if we keep winning our games we'll put them under a lot of pressure.
Both sides will be in action this weekend with home games against Celta Vigo and Zaragoza for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.